UK Keyboard in 7.2 console and xorg

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Wed May 27 21:10:36 UTC 2009

> I have jsut loaded up 7.2, fetched the ports and installed xorg / fluxbox
> etc  - for first time my kb / mouse didnt work in xorg but now I have that
> sorted with enabling hald etc
sorry if stupid question, but have xorg got radical changes within last 

I never needed hald to have keyboard and mouse under X working. it's all 
just matter of xorg.conf, and keyboard and mouse just need setting a type 
(like polish in my case).

> However, I have noticed that the GBP symbol does not work? In console I
> get a beep, in xorg nothing. I have tried iso and cp850 keymaps

I can answer you in no-hald case. There are 2 things

1) If Xorg generate proper event when you press keyboard to get GBP 
symbol. You may check it with xev

2) If your fonts are set properly, and your xterm (or rxvt or whatever you 
use as a terminal) is configured properly so it will both accept and 
display it!

about text mode console - i have this in my rc.conf:


to have fully working polish letters. You should have similar done for UK 
set. look at /usr/share/syscons/ to select proper items.

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